Dec 27, 2011
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2011 Year in Review

2011 was an interesting year in many ways. After 200,000 miles of air travel, 75+ Hertz rental car trips and traveling in 39 states and five Canadian provinces interacting with many leading international groups, sometimes the complexity of the world is difficult to grasp. Two words size up the agricultural and business world: interconnectedness and convergence....More
Dec 27, 2011
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Looking Ahead to 2012

2012 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2011 for most crop and livestock producers in the Upper Midwest, with the exception of some erratic weather problems in some areas during the year. Here’s what to look for in the agriculture industry for 2012:...More
Dec 27, 2011
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New Insurance Yield Option Attractive

A new yield election option available on crop insurance for the 2012 crop year should be attractive to most Midwestern corn and soybean producers, especially those with long production histories....More
Dec 19, 2011
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International Debt Challenges’ Impact on Decision Making

One of the strategies that our business is moving toward is more web and videocasts. Last year, with the great assistance of my business partners, we conducted over 30 of these virtual productions. It sure beats traveling on bankrupt airlines loaded with beer-breathed infrequent fliers. I apologize; my last trip was bad....More
Dec 19, 2011
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2011 Ag Review: Crop Production, Prices, Inputs and Livestock

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what happened agriculturally in the region in 2011. Here are some highlights regarding crop production, grain prices, crop input costs and livestock profits during 2011....More
Dec 19, 2011
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NOPA Crush Confirms Sluggish Soybean Demand

The National Oilseed Processors’ Association (NOPA) monthly crush report released last week confirmed that domestic soybean demand remains sluggish. NOPA pegged its members’ November soybean crush at 141.3 million bushels, compared with trade estimates averaging 140.9 million bushels, according to a survey taken by Dow Jones Newswires....More
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